(Originally posted November 30, 1997, to the IFAB announce mailing list.)
I am happy to announce the results of the first ever IFAB-sanctioned tournament overseas:
The Finnish Footbag Championships 1997
It was awesome.
First I want to thank all the 10+ people who did so much work on making the tournament possible, and all the others who where there helping us on one of the best (and busiest) days of my life. We really could not have done it without the help from you all. You know who you all are.
I also want to thank our sponsors: Pure, Tele, McDonalds, SysOpen, Black Booster, Novogroup, Teboil & Flying Clipper.
At 5:00 PM, just like the schedule said (I still wonder how we made it) in front of huge groud started the freestyle finals, which showed to the croud the 6 best freestylers in Finland. I could not believe the routines that I saw, these guys had really worked hard on their routines. In the end the winner was Mika Koistinen with his amazing 1-drop routine.
OK, After the volunteers had chanced the beatiful freestyle arena into outstanding finals net court extremely quick, The full crowd was about to see the doubles net match of the decade. It was Jukka Peltola & Tuomas vs me and my partner Jesse Fryckman. We play a lot together and we have had some real good matches over the years, but that match was just something else. I don’t know what went into us, but all four of just played way beyond our own level. And the croud which of most people never even seen footbag net game before loved it. I am so clad that we had a a film croup with three cameras making a document of the event.
With rage against the machine playing on the background we put up a show with huge spikes, blocks and saves that lead the game to unbelivebale rallyes. We left off the rule of no contact above to net, so the croud could saw some really crazy airfights, and it worked too. The match took three thight sets and almost a whole Rage against machine cd untill the standing and yelling huge croud got to saw the last serve when the head judge called a match point to Jukka Peltola & Tuomas Karki which ended the set to 15 – 13 and the whole game with everlasting applause from the croud, and an official victory to Jukka and Tuomas, but after a match like that we all felt like winner.
Because of the tight schedule we had, Jukka & Tuomas had only about ten minutes to get ready for the Singles final match. They both really gave everything in the doubles finals and they were so exhausted that they decided to make the Singles finals sets only played to eleven. Anyway the match started at a time and in end there was Tuomas Karki the best net player in Finland taking two net championships that day. The third place between Me and my partner Jesse Fryckman was tied because we were the two head officials and us both being in doubles net and in freestyle finals led as to a situation that we just had to tie for the third, because we just did not have time for that match.
Even the long day ending awards ceremony was great with the fancy trophys and medals with freestyler/net player on them and all the stuff we got from the sponsors was great. So here are the official results:
1. Mika Koistinen
2. TIED Justin Sexton/Jesse Fryckman
4. Ilkka Malin
5. Juho Vesa
6. Jiri Auramo
1. Tuomas Karki
2. Jukka Peltola
3. Tied Jesse Fryckman/Justin Sexton
1. Jukka Peltola/Tuomas Karki
2. Justin Sexton/Jesse Fryckman
3. Olli Savoilainen/Jesse Ruotsalainen
4. Aleksi Öhman/Jani Markkanen
the Spirit of the tournament award was won by Aleksi Öhman
In the last two months my respect for all of you tournament directors has raise quite a bit, hats off to you all, and keep up the good work.